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Senior running back AustGuido leads Waubonsie Valley against Naperville Central Friday. | Jeff Cagle~For Sun-Times Media

Senior running back Austin Guido leads Waubonsie Valley against Naperville Central Friday. | Jeff Cagle~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: September 25, 2012 10:54AM



East Aurora at West Aurora, 7:30 p.m.

Last year: West Aurora won 48-6

Outlook: The oldest rivalry in the state of Illinois resumes with the 120th meeting of the series between crosstown rivals that dates back 119 years to 1893. For the second year in a row, one of the teams features a new coach. East grad Kurt Becker (Class of 1977), who went on to play at Michigan and in the NFL, takes the Tomcats’ reins after serving as an assistant at Marmion the past four years. West grad Nate Eimer (2001) won his debut handily last season to extend the Blackhawks’ current win streak over the Tomcats to 11. East enters the game on a 30-game losing streak.

Naperville Central at Waubonsie Valley, 7:30 p.m.

Last year: Waubonsie Valley won 21-7.

Outlook: One of the top games of opening week. The Warriors have something to prove after being upset by a 16 seed in the first round of last year’s playoffs, but so do the Redhawks, who came on strong last year and will want to avenge a loss to Waubonsie. DE Cody Campbell returns to lead Central defense, which will try to stop veteran back Austin Guido.

Plainfield East at Metea Valley, 7:30 p.m.

Last year: Metea Valley won 38-27

Outlook: Junior Blaise Bell, a transfer from Texas, gets the nod at QB for the Mustangs and new coach Ben Kleinhans, who moves over from Neuqua Valley.

DuSable at Aurora Christian, 7 p.m.

Last year: Did not play

Outlook: It doesn’t appear the Eagles will have a Public League pushover as they open defense of their IHSA Class 3A title behind new QB Ryan McQuade, who has plenty of weapons to help him. Opponents will also face a strong defense. ACS is buoyed by OK of transfer Joel Bouagnon (RB-LB) to play by IHSA.

Jacobs at Marmion, 7:30 p.m.

Last year: Did not play

Outlook: Two-way lineman Adam Kulan and receiver Jake Glenak lead the Golden Eagles against the Cadets in a battle between playoff qualifiers from a year ago. Kulan is committed to Toledo, Glenak had 688 yards in receptions.

Pontiac at Aurora Central, 7:30 p.m.

Last year: Did not play

Outlook:Pontiac opened with three wins last year before losing its starting QB for the rest of season to injury and lost five of last six. The Indians return four starters on the offensive line and three defensive starters for an important game for both teams’ playoff hopes.

Oswego at Geneva, 7:30 p.m.

Last year: Did not play

Outlook: Both teams have to replace veteran QBs — Ryan West (SIU) and Matt Williams (NIU) — who have moved on to college. First-year Oswego coach Brian Cooney has promoted freshman Steven Frank, who will look to three-year regular at wideout Jack Kwiatkowski. Sophomore Daniel Santacaterina gets the nod at QB from Geneva coach Rob Wicinski.

Oswego East at Rich South, 7 p.m.

Last year: Oswego East won 27-12

Outlook: New Wolves coach Tyson LeBlanc hopes to duplicate the success he had at Curie with a young program still looking to make some waves in a competitive league. Senior RB Chris Cooper should play key role.

Batavia at Glenbard North, 7:30 p.m.

Last year: Did not play

Outlook: Five starters return on each side of the ball for the Bulldogs, who will have their hands full with the No. 9 team in Chicagoland according to the Sun-Times rankings. Brian Murphy returns at QB for the Panthers, who will replace RB Phil Jackson (1,467 yards, 21 TDs) with his younger brother Justin (741 yards, 11 TDs).

Yorkville at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.

Last year: Yorkville won 43-42 in OT

Outlook: The Foxes’ four-game win streak to start last season featured a comeback win vs. the Pirates, when Yorkville rallied from 14 points down in fourth quarter to force extra time. Now they try to erase memory of five-game losing streak to close season. Coach Karl Hoinkes’ running attack will have some big boys to follow, led by 6-7, 315-pound Kurtis Brummerstedt, Alex Marchewka (6-3, 250) and Mitch Klassing (6-0, 250).

Reed-Custer at Plano, 7:30 p.m.

Last year: Plano won 50-0

Outlook: Weslye Brown moves from wingback to QB and will have an experienced O-line to work behind in an opener. Coach Jim Green’s backfield has plenty of speed that figures to be too much for the Comets to handle.

Sandwich at Seneca, 7:30 p.m.

Last year: Sandwich won 30-6

Outlook: New Seneca coach Ted O’Boyle has veteran QB Peyton Schrag back to challenge the Indians, who have made extended playoff runs each of the past two seasons. Look for Seth McDonald, Ryan Harrison and Austin Breunig to be key factors in the Sandwich wing-T engineered by new QB Dakota Padilla.

SATURDAY

Kaneland at Brooks, 4 p.m.

Last year: Kaneland won 44-0.

Outlook: The Knights are loaded with QB Drew David (3,000-plus yards passing) and Jesse Balluff (1,000-plus yards rushing) back and operating behind a large, veteran offensive line.

Mooseheart at Alden-Hebron, 1 p.m.

Last year: Mooseheart won 48-7

Outlook: The Ramblers will rely heavily on returning skilled leaders in QB Jon Hart and RB Oumaru Abdulahi but need to develop youngsters in other areas to get back to the playoffs, but coach Gary Urwiler is optimistic about his team’s chances.



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